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Dokkum (The Netherlands)

Dongeradeel municipality, Fryslân province

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former municipality of Dokkum image by Shipmate Flagchart :
adopted 29 July 1954

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Dokkum city, seat of Dongeradeel

Dokkum is an old city (some say dating from c. 300 AD) in northeast Friesland, one of the 11 Frisian cities. In 1984 the city merged with Oost- and West-dongeradeel to form the municipality of Dongeradeel, and became the municipality seat.
This flag was adopted 29 January 1948, but was already documented in the flagbook of Hesman of 1708. Sierksma (Nederlands Vlaggenboek, 1962) states that the color red doesn't appear on the Coat of Arms of Dokkum; On the Waterlooplein in Amsterdam I saw some weeks ago a map of Dokkum with the Blue on the Coat of Arms replaced by the Red color.
Jarig Bakker, 1 October 1999

Dokkum : The city flag, established 29-1-1948, consists of: "Four stripes blue-white-red-yellow."
The Coat of Arms is: Blue, three six-pointed stars gold, placed 1 : 2, from above accompanied by a turned Wassenaar silver. On top of the shield a golden crown.
Under Dokkum the crescent is described as a turned lying crescent.
Under Municipal arms a picture shows the horns of the crescent to reach all the way around the top stat to just outside the tops of the other stars. However, nothing indicates where the colour red stems from. All I can think of is that the crown may customary be depicted lined red, like the crown on the shield on the eagle on the Bolsward flag.
Franc van Diest, 10 October 2000)

Wimpel Dokkum

image by Ivan Sache, 22 October 2000

Description: a square blue hoist charged with a turned white crescent, with the horns pointing towards the fly; two horizontal stripes of blue and yellow.
Source: "Wapens en Vlaggen van stad en dorpen in de gemeente Dongeradeel, Dokkum, 1994.

Dokkum citybanner

Dokkum citybanner image by Jarig Bakker, 13 Dec 2008

Dokkum: expensive hand-embroidered banner according to the municipal arms; the fly enriched with four swallowtails, ending in tassels, following the colors of the municipal flag; the flagpole with as finial a handmade copper shrimp (the nickname of Dokkumers is "Granaet" = "garnaal", shrimp). Offered to the municipality by the Dokkumer Vlaggen Centrale at the occasion of a new factory.
<Once upon a time a huge shrimp was caught in the vicinity of Dokkum. The municipal council decided to chain it under De Zijl in the center of Dokkum, so that the Prince-stadhouder could admire it should he wish to visit the city. The next day the granaet had gone, but the chain was still there.>
Source: Vexilla Nostra nr. 6 (1968).
Jarig Bakker, 8 Sep 2003

Yesterday I saw this in the municipal hall of Dongeradeel (Fryslân), which is the old city hall of Dokkum (minus Granaet and tassels - I don't know how to do that :-(
Jarig Bakker, 13 Dec 2008

Dokkum Coat of Arms

[Dokkum Coat of Arms] image by Jarig Bakker, 13 Dec 2008